The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that Cosimo Fabrizio, an A&S junior from South Orange, New Jersey majoring in Economics and Government, is the latest Cornellian to win the nationally competitive Harry Truman Scholarship. The scholarship provides $30,0000 toward graduate school for juniors committed to careers in public service. Students were nominated by their institution based on their records of leadership, public service, and academic achievement. This year, 62 scholars were selected from a pool of 845 candidates representing 328 colleges and universities.
Cosimo plans to earn a law degree and a master's in public policy after Cornell. He has worked toward improving our nation's justice system in a number of ways, including co-founding the Cornell Criminal Justice Coalition, a collective of eight campus and community groups. He has worked under Bryan Stevenson at the Equal Justice Initiative and currently works with the New Jersey Public Defender's Appellate Division on behalf of juveniles who have received unjust sentences. Under Professor Joseph Margulies he conducts research for the Policing Reform and Re-Entry Project to improve resource access for formerly incarcerated individuals in Tompkins County.
An accomplished musician, from 2010 to 2014 Cosimo attended Juilliard's Pre-College Music Advancement Program. He is also the co-founder and president of rapStudy, an ed-tech start-up helping thousands of children learn via music throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.